Plus, the least frustrating places to park for food in Miami.
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Plus, the least frustrating places to park for food in Miami.

By Zach Schlein

Welcome to Thursday, Miami.

There’s a lot of ground to cover today, so we won’t waste your time too much with introductory pleasantries. 😉

With that said, we want to take a second to bring your attention to this story reflecting on the 2020-2021 school year by Miami Herald reporter Colleen Wright. The article takes a look at how ninth-graders at North Miami Senior High navigated the pandemic with the help of their English teacher Glenda Moton. She and 32 of her students channeled their anxieties about coping with a year unlike any other into a newly released book, Hopes and Fears: Learning Academically in a COVID-19 Environment

Wright’s report makes for a moving read, and we can’t wait to crack into the book itself. We hope you will check it out and find something to be inspired by too. 🤗

Now for the rest of today’s 305 happenings...

💧 What Miami is talking about

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📻 Several of Miami’s Spanish-language radio stations are under renewed scrutiny for spreading falsehoods. A new report called “Disinformation in Miami After the Capitol Insurrection” found that a handful of the area’s most popular stations — including Actualidad Radio and Radio Mambí — have been broadcasting right-wing conspiracy theories that are often racist in tone and perpetuate the lie that the 2020 presidential election was fraudulent. Worryingly, multiple Miami elected officials have appeared as guests on such programs. (WLRN)

🗞 On a related note, One America News Network is expanding its operations to Florida. The right-wing news outlet has been known to parrot divisive talking points by former President Donald Trump and is currently looking to hire a political correspondent in Tallahassee. (Miami New Times)

🗳 U.S. Rep. Val Demings has formally announced she’ll be running to unseat Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio in 2022. Whispers about the Orlando congresswoman’s entrance into next year’s elections have been making the rounds for weeks, but she made it official yesterday with a campaign video shared on social media. (Local 10)

🚨 The Miami Police Department is still searching for 11 missing AR-15 rifles. A month ago, the department shared that roughly two dozen of the weapons — all of which are police property — could not be accounted for. Police Chief Art Acevedo chalked it up to “a matter of poor records-keeping and oversight” when the news first broke, but the MPD is now categorizing the misplaced weapons as stolen property. (Miami New Times)

🚗 With life increasingly resembling pre-March 2020 normalcy, more and more people are venturing out to restaurants for the first time in a long while. And if finding parking spots wasn’t a problem before, it sure is now. Fortunately, Infatuation Miami editor Ryan Pfeffer has got you covered with “14 Miami Restaurants Where You Can Actually Find Parking” — thank you Ryan, appreciate it! 😘 (The Infatuation Miami)

🍖 In other Miami food news, Wild Fork Foods is bringing its wares to Central Florida. The meat and seafood market — not to mention former New Tropic giveaway partner 😉 — prides itself on selling food of the utmost freshness using a method called blast freezing. The grocery concept has been primarily South Florida-based, but is now planning to open two locations in Orlando and Winter Park. (WKMG)

🗓 Throwback Thursday: Miami’s first schoolhouse

The New Tropic is teaming up with HistoryMiami Museum to explore the 305’s past on #ThrowbackThursdays. (📸: @thenewtropic)

Welcome to the latest edition of #ThrowbackThursday, The New Tropic’s weekly spotlight on the people, places, and phenomena of Miami’s past.

With the school year coming to a close, HistoryMiami Museum is assigning light summer reading on the first schoolhouse to be built in Miami. Read along with us by turning to page- sorry about that, just remembered this is a digital-only publication. You can take the boy out of school but you can’t take the school out of the boy. 🤓 

Scroll on to learn more...

(📸: Fraser Hale, photographer. Shows the wooden structure partially hidden by overgrown vegetation. Miami News Collection, HistoryMiami [1964])

🏫 Miami’s first schoolhouse opened its doors in 1887. The building — which was constructed by Charles Peacock and originally located at 2916 Grand Ave. — reportedly used lumber from ships sunk in Biscayne Bay as raw material.

In 1889, this one-room schoolhouse became the first public school for children in the area. Flora McFarlane was the resident teacher at the time, and some of the earliest Miami-Dade County School District meetings can be traced back to this location.

Later, Charles Peacock sold the schoolhouse for $400 in 1902. Several decades later in 1944, it was purchased by Ryder Systems. The new owners went on to restore the building and relocate it to the Plymouth Congregational Church property in 1970. 

The schoolhouse was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Today, you can find it at 3429 Devon Road in Miami.

Can’t wait until next week to learn more Miami history? Be sure to follow HistoryMiami Museum on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. You can plan your own visit and learn more about its array of exhibits and programming at

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🖥 NOW LIVE: …what-endures … (2021)

Rev. Houston Cypress is a poet, artist, environmental activist, ordained minister and the second artist to be featured as part of ICA Miami’s Digital Commissions video series.

His project “…what-endures … (2021),” is a non-binary, interfaith travelogue set amidst the landscapes of the Greater Everglades, premiered yesterday.

Through his organization, Love the Everglades Movement, Cypress has become a major force within Miccosukee society as an advocate for cultural preservation, environmental protection, business development and sovereignty.

➡️ Subscribe to ICA Miami’s YouTube channel to be the first to see the next premiere. 

Watch Rev. Houston’s digital commission

🏖️ Win a getaway

A multi-day visit to Plunge Beach Resort is definitely worth smiling about. 😊 (📸: @plungebeachresort)

Ready to plan your next couple of days off? Enter here for your chance to win a two-night stay at the Plunge Beach Resort in a Beach Bungalow King room complete with kitchenette and complimentary parking — good luck!


🎧 Tune in to Beatport's Twitch channel at 1 p.m. EST to catch some of Miami's best DJs — including Ashley Venom, Danny Daze, Jubilee, and Ultrathem — spinning live from Space Park (Online)

✍️ Try your hand at artistic expression during this four-week course on charcoal drawing presented by Oolite Arts (South Beach)

😂 Laugh along with comedians Dean Napolitano and Kyle Grooms(Pinecrest)

🎨 Check out the opening of three new Locust Projects art exhibitions by Tal Amitai-Lavi and Tal Frank, Miami-based artist Juan Ledesma, and recent MFA graduate Victoria Ravelo(Miami Design District )

🌈 Support True Colors United while having some fun during Drag Queen Bingo (Online)


💃 Show up early to Floyd and snag tickets at the door to see Miami favorites Nick León and Jonny From Space go b2b on the decks followed by Nicolá Cruz (Downtown)

💉 Visit the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science between Friday, June 11 and Sunday, June 13 for a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic distributing first doses to all members of the general public ages 12 and up (Downtown)

🎷 Welcome the Brian Tate Quartet back to Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for a lovely evening of classic jazz under the stars(Coral Gables)

🗓 Don't miss the deadline to apply to Locust Art Builders, a unique summer art intensive experience for Miami teens presented by Locust Projects(Online)


🌱 Shop at Tropical Audubon Society's Native Plant Sale and turn your yard or patio into a haven for birds, bees, and butterflies(South Miami)

💿 Sip some free Kimberly's Frozen Lemonade and get exclusive Record Store Day drops at Sweat Records (Little Haiti)

🌈Enjoy some Divine riverside fun with Laura of Miami and Mystic Bill during the Pride Month edition of Mr. Pinky's, your new favorite LGBTQ+ pre-party — no cover (Upper East Side)

👍 Thumb through Technique Records' treasure trove of musical selections and enjoy refreshments from Gramps, Le Jardin, Liquid Death Mountain Water, and more during Record Store Day — appointments are mandatory, book yours online today (Upper East Side)

🎶 Spend your morning learning about percussion instruments with HistoryMiami Museum(Online)

💕 Swoon at Dia dos Namorados at the Yard and sip on caipirinhas with live music by Diogo Brown & The Brazilian Samba Jazz Experience (Doral)


🎽 Get fit during Pride at Brickell City Centre with Tony Thomas Sports (Brickell)

❤️Join local LGBTQ+ women at Sherwoods Bistro for a Healing Sound Bath followed by dinner, drinks, and dancing(Little River)


👋 Meet someone new IRL and help raise money for The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth during Singles' Social: LGBTQ+ Speed Dating at Time Out Market — must be 21 or older to participate(Miami Beach)

🚰 Spend Wednesday night getting acquainted with how "Water and Waste" fit into Miami-Dade County’s Climate Action Strategy (Online)

📚 Celebrate the joy of reading and be whisked away on a literary adventure with HistoryMiami Museum(Online)

Thursday, June 17

💅Experience a game night unlike any other during Athena Dion's bingo night takeover at Time Out Market Miami(Miami Beach)

📖 Blast to the past with HistoryMiami Museum and remember some of Miami’s long-forgotten beloved spots, including the Orange Bowl, Pier 5, and the Nautilus Hotel(Online)

☝️ One more thing… 

Looking for something local to read? Radiator Comics recently released the third issue of Spiny Orb Weaver, an arts journal about cartooning and comic book illustration in South Florida.

This issue features a contribution from Miami writer and Black Josei Press publisher Jamila Rowser as well as a chat between award-winning cartoonists remus jackson (See Me) and Mar Julia (YLLW YLLW YLLW) about how growing up in Palm Beach County has influenced their comics.

You can learn more about Spiny Orb Weaver and order a copy for yourself (or the comic book enthusiast in your life) right here.

See you back here tomorrow for Friday,

Zach at The New Tropic

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